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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is stepping out of Football Championship Subdivision play to take on the Auburn Tigers on Saturday, Nov. 6.  Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.  The Mocs (5-3, 4-2 SoCon) are fighting for a playoff spot with three games remaining while the Tigers (9-0, 6-0 SEC) are in the hunt for a berth in the Bowl Championship Series title game. 

Chattanooga is in the middle of one of its most successful seasons in recent memory.  The Mocs were riding a five-game winning streak and ranked as high as No. 20 in the nation before falling to Elon 49-35 last week.  UTC is just outside of the top-25 this week and is still trying to secure back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in almost 20 years. 

As to be expected, the Mocs are 0-20 all-time against Auburn.  The series dates back to 1926 with the last meeting coming on Sept. 9, 1995.  Chattanooga dropped that contest 76-10 to the overpowering Tigers. 

The game will be will be available on pay-per-view in the state of Alabama to cable subscribers and small dish owners who subscribe to DirecTV or Dish Network.  DirecTV or Dish Network subscribers in Tennessee can also get the game on pay-per-view.  Fans should contact their local cable provider or small dish provider to order the game.  The game will also be available online on ESPN3.com outside of the state of Alabama. 

ON THE AIR
Jim Reynolds, who is in his 31st season as the 'Voice of the Mocs', will have the call on the Mocs Sports Network.  Fans can tune into the flagship station, ESPN Radio 105.1 FM in Chattanooga, or listen online on Chattanooga All Access on GoMocs.com.  Todd Agne will provide the color commentary with Will Poindexter on the sidelines.  Pregame coverage starts at 12:00 p.m. (E.D.T.).    

PREVIEWING CHATTANOOGA
The Mocs dropped out of the FCS top-25 this week after climbing as high as No. 20 in the country going into the Elon game.  Chattanooga is looking to secure a winning season for the second year in a row, a feat that has not been accomplished since the 1990 and 1991 seasons.  

Junior QB B.J. Coleman (Chattanooga, Tenn.) leads the offensive attack, completing 58% (168-289) of his pass attempts.  He is second in the SoCon and No. 5 in the nation with 282.1 yards in the air per game.   He also has 21 touchdown passes to go against 12 interceptions on the year.  He threw for a career-high 432 yards at Furman.  The Paladins had the No. 2 pass defense in the nation coming into that game.    He is 66-121 for 818 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions in the last two games. 

Coleman's favorite target is his former high school teammate Joel Bradford (Chattanooga, Tenn.).  The junior receiver is putting up All-American numbers as he leads the nation with 128.4 receiving yards per game.  His 8.3 catches per game are second in the league and No. 4 nationally.  UTC is currently No. 8 in the country in passing offense with 282 yards in the air per game.  The Mocs average 441 yards of total offense, ranking second in the SoCon and eighth nationally. 

The ground game is led by a true freshman and a fifth-year senior in Keon Williams (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Erroll Wynn (Jonesboro, Ga.).  After sitting out 2009 as a redshirt, Wynn is currently fourth in the SoCon with 70.1 rushing yards per game.  Williams became the first UTC freshman since Wynn in 2006 to top 100 rushing yards in a game, totaling 101 at The Citadel on Oct. 9.    

Junior LB Ryan Consiglio (Franklin, Tenn.), leads the team and is second in the SoCon with 11.4 tackles per game.    Fellow junior Chris Donald (Huntingdon, Tenn.) is tied for No. 9 in the nation with 7.0 sacks per game.  Freshman defensive back Kadeem Wise (Lawrenceville, Ga.) is tied for second in the nation with six interceptions.  His fifth pick at The Citadel broke the UTC freshman record previously held by head coach Russ Huesman (1978). 

Mocs head coach Russ Huesman, the 2009 SoCon Coach of the Year, is in his second season at UTC.  He led Chattanooga to its first winning season since 2005 with last year's 6-5 mark.  He has an overall record of 11-8 and is 8-6 in league games. 

PREVIEWING AUBURN
Auburn is coming off a 51-31 win at Ole Miss last week and is currently No. 2 in the BCS standings.  The Tigers are celebrating Homecoming this week against the Mocs. 

Auburn is led by junior QB Cam Newton, a Heisman Trophy Candidate.  He leads the SEC and ranks seventh nationally (second among quarterbacks) in rushing (124.7).  He also leads the FBS with 30 TDs scored or passed for, and is third in the nation in passing efficiency (172.61).  Auburn is ranked fourth nationally in rushing offense (307.7), sixth in total offense (496.2) and 10th in scoring offense (40.0).

On the defensive side of the ball, Auburn ranks 24th in the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 116.1 yards per game, and has allowed only one rush of more than 26 yards this season.  Senior LB Josh Byrnes leads the team with 55 tackles on the year.  He has also picked off a team-high three passes.  Junior DL Nick Fairley leads the SEC and is No. 3 in the nation with 18.0 TFLs in 2010.

Senior CB Demond Washington (Special Teams) and freshman RB Michael Dyer (Freshman) were both named SEC Players of the Week following their performances in the Ole Miss game.  Washington returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.  Dyer rushed for a career-high 180 yards on 21 carries, including a 30-yard score in the third quarter.  Tigers have had at least one SEC Player of the Week each week of the 2010 season.  

QUICK NOTES TO KNOW ABOUT THE AUBURN GAME

  • A win over Auburn would guarantee back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1990 (6-5) and 1991 (7-4).
  • The Mocs are 0-20 all-time against Auburn...UTC has only reach double-figures in scoring three times in the series...the closest game was a 14-7 Auburn win on Sept. 23, 1972.
  • The Mocs are 4-111-3 all-time against the SEC...UTC has two wins over Tennessee (1905 & 1958), and one each against Ole Miss (1945) and Vanderbilt (1945)...the last win against an SEC team was UTC's celebrated 14-6 victory against the Vols on Nov. 8, 1958 in Knoxville.
  • This is the second-straight road game the Mocs are facing a team celebrating its Homecoming.
  • Junior WR Joel Bradford leads the nation with 128.4 receiving yards per game and is No. 4 in the FCS with 8.3 receptions per game.
  • Freshman Kadeem Wise is tied for No. 2 in the nation with six interceptions on the year.
  • Senior OL T.J. Hurless (Suwanee, Ga.) has started the last 32 games of his career, the longest such streak on the team...senior RT Chris Harr is right behind him with 30 consecutive starts.
  • Junior QB B.J. Coleman is second in the SoCon and No. 5 in the nation with 282 passing yards per game.
  • Junior DL Chris Donald is tied for No. 9 in the nation with 7.0 sacks on the year.
  • UTC is No. 3 in the country with 14 fumble recoveries...the Mocs are also 12th in the nation with 12 interceptions.
  • The Mocs lead the SoCon and are 5th nationally on 3rd down at 49% (56/114)...22/39 (56.4%) last two weeks.
  • Chattanooga is No. 2 in the SoCon and eighth in the country in total offense, averaging 440.5 yards per game.
  • UTC has topped 500 yards of total offense three times this season - 548 vs. EKU, 568 at Furman and 504 vs. Elon...it is the most 500-yard games in a season since reaching that mark five times in 2000.

MOCS VS. THE HEISMAN CONTENDERS
The Mocs have faced off against the eventual Heisman Trophy winner or runner-up in each of the previous three seasons.  With the play of Auburn's Cam Newton, this week could move that streak to four in a row.  UTC faced Mark Ingram and Alabama in 2009, Sam Bradford and Oklahoma in 2008 and Darren McFadden and Arkansas in 2007.  Their numbers against the Mocs were not eye-popping because only McFadden played more than half of the game.  Here is a look at the totals for each:
Mark Ingram - 11 carries for 102 yards and two touchdowns in the 45-0 win for No. 2 Alabama.
Sam Bradford - 17-22 passing for 183 yards and two touchdowns in the 52-2 win for No. 4 Oklahoma.
Darren McFadden - 25 carries for 122 yards and one TD in the 34-15 win for Arkansas.

MOCS VS. THE FBS POWERS
Like most FCS teams, Chattanooga takes on at least one FBS squad each year.  However, the Mocs have faced some of the best in recent years.  Here is a rundown of their FBS opponents in the last two years and where each ranked when they faced UTC.
No. 2 Alabama won 45-0 on Nov. 21, 2009
Florida State won 46-7 on Sept. 13, 2008
No. 4 Oklahoma won 57-2 on Aug. 30, 2008

FIVE-GAME WINNING STREAK ENDS
UTC had its run of five straight wins snapped against Elon.  It was the longest streak for the Mocs since 1980 when head coach Russ Huesman was a junior defensive back.  UTC had also won four straight SoCon games for the first time since the 1980 season.  

IN THE RANKINGS
After spending the previous two weeks in the Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top-25 the Mocs have dropped out after the loss to Elon.  UTC received 291 votes this week and is the first team out of the ranks.  The Mocs were also ranked in last week's FCS Coaches Top-25, but now in 30th place with 19 votes.  The Mocs' No. 20 ranking on Oct. 25 was their highest national ranking since reaching the No. 17 slot in the Sporting News Preseason Top-25 in 1992.  Chattanooga is 3-11 all-time as a ranked team.  The highest national ranking on record was No. 9 on Sept. 21, 1992.  

"RESTORE THE GLORY"
For the past two years, the slogan for the Mocs football program has been, "Restore the Glory."  Head Coach Russ Huesman was hired in December 2008 to bring back the championship tradition that he helped to build as a defensive back for the Mocs from 1978-81.  During his time at UTC, the Mocs won two Southern Conference championships under legendary head coach Joe Morrison.  In fact, UTC won the SoCon in four of its first eight years in the league (1977, 1978, 1979 and 1984).  Just 19 games into his tenure, Coach Huesman has taken a team that went 1-11 in the year prior to his arrival and rebuilt them into a nationally recognized squad.  UTC was No. 20 in the nation on Oct. 25 and the Mocs are No. 3 in the SoCon.  There is still a long way to go to "Restore the Glory," but Coach Huesman certainly has the Mocs moving in the right direction. 

BRADFORD'S RETURN TO RECEIVER WAS A WISE MOVE
Junior WR Joel Bradford's move back to receiver from defensive back is paying huge dividends this season.  He has twice set the school record for receiving yards in a game and has the two highest single-game totals in the NCAA this season.  He first topped the UTC mark with 254 yards on 11 catches in a 42-24 win against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 18.  Bradford recorded his first career 100-yard game before the end of the first quarter, thanks in large part to an 80-yard touchdown connection with junior QB B.J. Coleman.  That strike was the longest by a Moc since 1999 and just the eighth passing play of 80+ yards in school history.    He received his first career SoCon Player of the Week honor following the EKU game. 

Bradford bested his own mark with 274 yards in a 36-28 win at No. 25 Furman on Oct. 23.  He was six yards shy of the SoCon mark set by Appalachian State's DaVon Fowlkes against Elon in 2004.  He caught 15 passes, including one touchdown, in Chattanooga's win.  Bradford was again named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week after the Furman game.  He now leads the nation with 128.4 receiving yards per game and ranks fourth in the FCS with 8.4 catches per game.  He has 1,027 receiving yards in 2010 and is just 33 shy of the single-season school record set by Alonzo Nix in 2003.  Bradford is also a dangerous punt returner, averaging 11.3 yds/punt return average in 2010. 

B.J. COLEMAN IS LIVING UP TO THE HYPE
Junior QB B.J. Coleman created quite a stir in the Scenic City when he announced his decision to transfer from Tennessee to Chattanooga in the summer of 2009.  His teammates have shown confidence in him by naming him one of three team captains and the league's coaches pegged him a preseason Second Team All-SoCon selection in 2010.   He continues to impress in 2010 with:

  • 33-58 for a career-high 432 yards passing and two touchdowns at Furman.
          - 5th most passing yards in a game in school history...most since Cedric Stevens had 515 vs. ASU in 2004.
          - Most passing yards in the SoCon this season...3rd highest total in the NCAA this season.
  • 168-289 (58.1%) for 2,257 yards, 21 TDs and 12 INTs on the year.
          - Second in the SoCon and 5th in the NCAA, averaging 282.1 passing yards per game.
          - 2,257 passing yards is No. 5 on the Mocs' single-season list.
          - 21 TDs is No. 3 on the Mocs' single-season list...school record is 27
  • 4,605 passing yards in his career...6th all-time at UTC.
  • 13 200-yard passing games is 2nd on the Mocs' career list.
  • 38 career TDs is No. 4 on the Mocs' list.

UTC SUCCEEDING UNDER APR RESTRICTIONS
Chattanooga is working to overcome APR penalties that were brought on due to poor performances in the classroom prior to the arrival of head coach Russ Huesman in 2009.  The Mocs are experiencing success on the field despite only being allowed 16 hours of countable activity (meetings & practice time) per week over five days.  This means the team does not take part in any practice or meetings on Monday's or Fridays, including the traditional walk-through on the day before a game.   Normally, the NCAA allows for 20 hours of activity over a six-day period in one week.  UTC is also working with just 55.18 scholarships, divided among 68 players.  The NCAA allows 63 scholarships among 85 players at the FCS level. 

The four hours per week that UTC has been docked from practice time has been replaced with four hours of academic focus and the results in the classroom are tremendous.  In 2009, UTC put 10 players on the SoCon All-Academic team, shattering the previous high of four in one year.  A total of 29 Mocs made the Dean's List in either the fall or spring semesters last school year.  Chattanooga expects to be completely out of APR penalties when the next round of numbers is announced.

MOCS BREAK SINGLE-SEASON ATTENDANCE RECORD
With one game remaining on the 2010 home schedule, the Chattanooga Mocs have already broken the single-season attendance record at Finley Stadium.  A total of 54,287 fans have attended the four Mocs games in 2010, an average of 13,572 per game.  The season record was set last year when 52,515 fans attended UTC's five home games.  The Mocs averaged 10,503 per game in 2009, the highest number for a full season at Finley Stadium. 

MOCS BREAK SEASON TICKET SALES RECORD AGAIN IN 2010
The Chattanooga Mocs broke the all-time season ticket mark at Finley Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, topping the old mark of 2,527 set in 2009.  UTC finished with 2,676 season tickets sold for the current campaign.  This is the fourth year UTC has topped the 2000 plateau, including 2,003 in 1998 and 2,300 in 1997. 

ALL FOUR 2010 CROWDS RANK IN THE TOP-10 AT FINLEY STADIUM
All four of the Mocs' 2010 home crowds rank in the top-10 in Finley Stadium history and two are in the top-3 in school history.  This is the first time UTC has had four 10,000+ crowds in the same year since moving to Finley Stadium in 1997.  The second largest crowd for a Mocs game - 17,414 - attended Chattanooga's 35-27 win over No. 18 Georgia Southern on Oct. 9.  The Mocs saw 15,235 fans spin the turnstiles at the WHITEOUT game against Appalachian State on Sept. 4.  UTC's record crowd is 22,642 set against Tennessee State in the first game at Finley Stadium on Oct. 18, 1997.  The largest crowd to watch a football game at Finley is 23,010 when Appalachian State defeated Delaware 49-21 in the FCS National Championship game on Dec. 14, 2007.  Seven of the top-15 crowds in Finley Stadium history have been in the last two years.  UTC has reached the 10,000 mark 11 times at Finley Stadium and six of those crowds have also come in the last two years.

Below are the top-10 attended Moc games at Finley Stadium: 

No. Attendance Opponent W/L Score Date
1. 22,642 Tennessee State W 28-7 Oct. 18, 1997
2. 17,414 Georgia Southern  W 35-27 Oct. 16, 2010
3. 15,235 Appalachian State L 41-42 Sept. 4, 2010
4. 15,072 Georgia Southern L 10-31 Sept. 23, 2000
5. 14,002 Glenville State W 30-13 Sept. 3, 2009
6. 13,186 Samford W 23-6 Aug. 31, 2000
7. 11,201 Furman L 20-38 Sept. 12, 2009
8. 11,095 Elon L 35-49 Sept. 30, 2010
9. 10,543 Eastern Kentucky 42-24  Sept. 18, 2010 
10. 10,329 VMI W 45-7 Oct. 17, 1998

UTC IS IN THE TOP-20 IN ATTENDANCE
With all four home crowds topping the 10,000 mark in 2010, the Mocs are in the top-20 in the nation in total home attendance.  The Mocs total attendance of 54,287 through four games is 18th in the country.  UTC is getting 13,572 fans on average to Finley Stadium for its home games, ranking No. 22 in the FCS.

ATTENDANCE IN THE HUESMAN ERA
UTC has seen a dramatic growth in attendance at home football games since the hiring of Russ Huesman in December 2008.  Six of the Mocs top-10 crowds in school history have come in the nine home games of the Huesman era.  Chattanooga is averaging 11,867 fans per game over the last two seasons.  Prior to Huesman's arrival, UTC averaged 5,767 fans per game in the 2008 season. 

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
The increased attendance at Finley Stadium is creating a true home-field advantage for the Mocs.  UTC is currently 6-3 at home in the Russ Huesman era.  The Mocs were a paltry 24-40 in the 12 seasons at Finley Stadium prior to Huesman's arrival in 2009. 

WYNN RESURRECTING HIS CAREER
Senior RB Erroll Wynn saw his first action in nearly two years when he had 13 carries for 98 yards, all in the second half, at Jacksonville State.  He sat out the 2009 season as a redshirt and was held out of the ASU game.  He continues to impress with 491 yards on 87 carries this season.  He is currently third in the SoCon with 70.1 rushing yards per game.  Wynn's 547 career carries is 4th all time at UTC and ranks 13th among all active players in the FCS.  He is now No. 6 on the Mocs' career list with 2,295 rushing yards.  

SUTHERLAND SHOWING HIS VERSATILITY
Sophomore WR Brian Sutherland (Smyrna, Ga.) is among the SoCon leaders in all-purpose yards this season.  Sutherland is second in the league with 145.1 yards per game.  His total of 1,161 all purpose yards is made up of 168 rushing, 436 receiving and 557 on kick-off returns. 

WISE LEADS THE NATION WITH SIX INTERCEPTIONS
Freshman DB Kadeem Wise (Lawrenceville, Ga.) was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Week after picking off two passes at Western Carolina on Sept. 25.  He now has six interceptions for the season, breaking UTC's freshman record set in 1978 by current head coach Russ Huesman.  Wise was the first Moc with multiple INTs in a game since Buster Skrine had two against Western Kentucky in 2007.  He is also tied for No. 2 in the nation with his six picks and is two shy of the single-season school-record of eight set by Reggie Solomon (1987) and Phillip Aldridge (1985).    

DONALD AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN SACKS
Junior DE Chris Donald (Huntingdon, Tenn.) did not come with the same hype as fellow junior B.J. Coleman did when he followed Coleman from Tennessee to Chattanooga.  Despite being the first 5-star prep player to come to UTC, Donald started slow in the spring.  He moved from linebacker to defensive line and is heating up.  He had a sack and forced a fumble against Appalachian State and then unloaded for 12 tackles at Jacksonville State.  He added another 2.5 sacks against EKU and 1.5 at Furman.  His 7.0 sacks on the year are tied for No. 9 in the nation and represent the third highest single-season total in school history. 

A CLOSER LOOK AT UTC'S LOSSES
The Mocs are just a few plays away from sitting at 8-0 on the season.  UTC gave up double-digit fourth quarter leads against top-5 teams in each of their two losses on the season.  Against Appalachian State, Chattanooga led 34-14 with just over 14 minutes left to go in the game before the Mountaineers came storming back for the 42-41 win.  On the road against Jacksonville State, UTC led 17-0 in the third quarter and 17-7 in the fourth, before the Gamecocks posted a 21-17 win.  As it stands today, both teams are still undefeated and ranked No. 1 (ASU) and No. 2 (JSU) in the nation in both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches Top-25 polls.  The Mocs erased a 21-point deficit to tie the Elon game at 35 in the fourth quarter, however, two turnovers led to 14 unanswered points in the 49-35 loss. 

SO NOW THEY ARE A SECOND HALF TEAM
The Mocs started out the year owning the first half, outscoring their first four opponents 80-20 in the opening two periods.  However, they have been a stronger second-half team in each of their last three games.  Against the Citadel, UTC allowed 10 points and 192 yards rushing the in first half, only to shutout the Bulldogs and give up just 46 yards on the ground in the second half.  Against Georgia Southern, they were behind 20-14 at the break for the first time this season.  After allowing 198 yards on the ground in the first half, the Mocs buckled down and only gave up 53 in the second half of the 35-27 win.  UTC went down 21-10 at halftime and 28-10 entering the fourth quarter at Furman.  The Mocs went on to mount the biggest 4th quarter comeback in school history, putting up 26 points in the final 15 minutes to win 36-28.  UTC also trailed 35-14 to Elon in the third quarter before tying the game at 35 in the fourth.  Elon went on to win the game 49-35. 

NOTES FROM THE ELON GAME

  • Chattanooga drops to 5-3 on the year with a 49-35 loss to Elon...UTC is now 4-2 in SoCon play...Elon is now 3-5 on the season and 2-3 in the SoCon...the Mocs' five game-winning streak - its longest since 1980 - comes to an end.
  • Chattanooga is 0-4 against Elon in Finley Stadium...the Mocs are 2-6 all-time against the Phoenix.
  • The Mocs recovered four fumbles in the game...UTC came into today leading the SoCon and No. 8 in the nation with 10 fumble recoveries on the season.
  • UTC almost had another big 4th quarter comeback after trailing 35-14 in the third quarter. The Mocs scored three TDs to tie the game at 35 with 14:35 left in the game...Elon added two more scores off of turnovers to seal the win.
  • The Mocs outgained Elon 504-490 in total offense...it was UTC's third time with over 500 yards this season.
  • UTC committed a season-high six turnovers (5 INTs and 1 fumble). The five picks were the most by the Mocs since throwing five against Jacksonville State in 2008.
  • The 35 points in the first half were the most UTC has allowed in the first half since giving up 35 at Alabama last season. It is the most points in the first half against an FCS opponent since allowing 35 to Appalachian State in Finley Stadium on Nov. 8, 2008.
  • Elon got on the board with a 14-yard rushing TD by A.J. Harris...it was the first rushing TD for the Phoenix since their second game of the season against Shaw...he finished with 163 yards rushing on 31 carries and 4 TDs...it is the most rushing yards the Mocs have allowed to an individual his season...most rushing TDs since ASU's Armanti Edwards had 4 in 2007.
  • The 11,095 in attendance today breaks the Mocs' single-season total attendance mark with one game still left on the 2010 home slate. A total of 54,287 (13,571/game) fans have visited Finley Stadium through four games this season. That tops the previous high of 52,515 (10,503/game) that came to five games in 2009. It is a tremendous jump from the 34,489 (5,748/game) that attended six home games in 2008...11,095 is the 8th largest crowd in Finley Stadium history.
  • Junior WR Joel Bradford - 11 catches for 152 receiving yards and 2 TDs...has 1,027 receiving yards on the year...third Moc all-time with 1,000 receiving yards in a season...33 yards shy of the school-record (1,060) set by Alonzo Nix in 2003...three 100-yard receiving games in 2010.
  • Junior QB B.J. Coleman - 33-63 for 386 yards and a career-high five touchdowns...career-high five interceptions...63 pass attempts is a career-high and three shy of the school record...66-121 for 818 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions in the last two games...has 38 career TD throws, passing Mickey Brokas (1970-73) for No. 4 all-time at UTC.
  • Junior LB Ryan Consiglio - Career-high 16 tackles...added a sack and recovered a fumble...first sack of the season...
  • Junior DL Chris Donald - Tied for second on the team with six tackles...recovered a fumble.
  • Senior TE Garrett Hughes - Five catches for 43 yards and one TD...fourth TD catch of the season...fifth of his career.
  • Sophomore RB J.J. Jackson - Career-highs with 62 yards on 15 carries...
  • Senior DB Buster Skrine - Season-high three PBUs...tied a season-high with six tackles.
  • Sophomore WR Brian Sutherland - Six catches for 73 yards and a TD...has 18 catches for 202 yards and two TDs in the last three games.

VERES PRESSED INTO KICKING DUTIES
Chattanooga was expecting to replace senior All-American PK Craig Camay with true freshman Nick Pollard (Nashville, Tenn.).  However, Pollard has been out with an injury, forcing sophomore WR Jeff Veres (Thompson's Station, Tenn.) to return to his old position.  Veres is 28-30 on PATs this season.  He made his first 11 of the year before missing the last one at WCU.  Junior Mike Hammons was handling all of the kicking duties, but returned to just punting where he is a preseason 2nd Team All-SoCon selection.  Veres is also 2-6 on field goals in 2010.     

WILLIAMS NAMED SOCON FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK - OCT. 11
UTC's Keon Williams was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Week after a 28-10 win at The Citadel on Oct 9.  The running back from Chattanooga, rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries in his first career start.  He averaged 5.3 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns in the win over the Bulldogs.  He is the first UTC freshman to reach 100-yards rushing since Errol Wynn had 131 against Jacksonville State in 2006 and just the second 100-yard rusher this year.

CONSIGLIO EARNS SECOND CAREER POW HONOR - SEPT. 13
Junior LB Ryan Consiglio grabbed his second career SoCon Player of the Week honor after a strong performance at Jacksonville State on Sept. 11.  Consiglio established a new career high with a game-high 14 tackles against the fifth-ranked Gamecocks.  He also added his second career interception and recorded 1.5 tackles for loss.

HAMMONS GRABS LEAGUE AND NATIONAL WEEKLY HONORS - SEPT. 13
Junior P Mike Hammons was named the SoCon Special Team Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards National Punter of the Week for his play at No. 5 Jacksonville State.  Hammons averaged 47.0 yards per punt for the Mocs in their second-straight game against a top-5 opponent.  He totaled 141 yards on three kicks and placed two inside the 5-yard line to pin Jacksonville State deep in its own end.  He also booted a 50-yard punt, the ninth of his career.

CEREBRAL BUNCH
The offensive line has a lot of academic honors among its ranks.  Sophomores Adam Miller, Dustin Tate and Austin Wilson were all on the 2009 Academic All-SoCon team.  Freshmen Irvin Hernandez and Steven Nease, sophomore Will Hewitt, senior T.J. Hurless and Miller made the Dean's List and were joined by senior Chris Harr, Tate and Wilson on the Athletics Director's Honor Roll.  Nease owns the highest g.p.a. on the team with a perfect 4.0.

IT'S ALL IN THE NAME
On first reference, it is acceptable to refer to us as the "University of Tennessee at Chattanooga".  After that, we prefer to be called "Chattanooga" or "UTC".  Our nickname is "Mocs".

TOUGHER SCHEDULE IN 2010
As the Mocs are improving, so is their slate of non-conference opponents.  Chattanooga posted wins over Division II Glenville State and a winless FCS team in Presbyterian in 2009.  They traded those two games with No. 5 Jacksonville State and Eastern Kentucky, picked to finish 3rd in the OVC in 2010. 

ROSTER, DEPTH CHART AND BREAKDOWNS
A complete roster is located on pages 10-11 of the .pdf version of the game notes.  There is a roster breakdown on page 12 and a list of the starters and letter winners returning and lost on page 13.  A two-deep chart can be found on pages 14-15. 

SEASON NO. 103
The Chattanooga Mocs are in their 103rd season of UTC football.  The University of Chattanooga was founded in 1886 and football began play in 1904.  No teams were fielded in 1917 and 1918 due to World War I.  There was also a two-year hiatus from football action during World War II in 1943 and 1944.  The Mocs have an all-time record of 460-472-32 (.494) and have won 10 conference titles.

CAPTAINS CHOSEN FOR 2010
Following the Spring Game, coach Huesman announced the captains for the 2010 season as voted on by the players.  Seniors Chris Harr and Buster Skrine and junior B.J. Coleman were chosen by their teammates to lead this year's team. 

STARTERS AND LETTER WINNERS RETURNING/LOST
The Mocs return a total of 41 lettermen from the 2009 campaign. There are 25 coming back on the offensive side of the ball, while 14 return on defense. Two specialists will also return for the 2010 season. There are 18 starters returning, including nine on offense, seven on defense and two on special teams.  See page 13 of the game notes for a full rundown on the starters and lettermen who are returning and lost from last season. 

MAJORITY OF THE MOCS ARE FROM TENNESSEE AND GEORGIA
Of the 86 members currently on the Mocs' roster, 77 list Tennessee (52) or Georgia (25) as their home state.  That means 88% of the roster is from Tennessee or Georgia, including 59% from Tennessee and 29% from Georgia. Three Mocs are from Florida and Alabama.  There is one representative each from California, North Carolina and Virginia.  Be sure to check out page 12 to see the breakdown of the hometowns and connections of the Mocs' roster. 

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